Parking Made Easier - Introducing the FordPass App

Ford has launched an app called FordPass that will allow you to reserve spaces in parking garages even before you leave for your destination. I downloaded the app myself, and it's pretty simple and straightforward to use. It's a simple and brief process to set up an account, typing in your name, address, email, car and credit card information. Then you simply type in your destination and the app will show you parking garages in the area.

From the main menu screen, you'll want to click the "Park" tab. Next, you confirm that you are not driving while operating the app by clicking, "I'm Not Driving." The app then takes you to a map of your current location, along with a search bar at the top of the screen. For this demonstration, I chose "Pittsburgh, Pa."

FordPass New Parking Garage Reservation App - Smail Ford Blog

You can see a dense collection of parking garages in the Steel City, with blue and white markers highlighting their locations and prices. By swiping and pinching on your screen, you can navigate around the streets to get a better view of the options. Zooming in gives you more details on the map, including street names, points of interest, and even 3D representations of more significant buildings. You can easily see the iconic structures of the Pittsburgh skyline, which is always cool.

FordPass New Parking Garage Reservation App - Smail Ford Blog

By clicking on the white or blue flag, it gives you information about the specific garage highlighted. The white flag shows a garage with spaces available. Here, I've clicked on the "Forbes Garage" and it's showing me the address and "5 Spots Available" in red at the bottom. By clicking anywhere at the bottom, it takes me to even more specific information like directions or reviews, and where I can click "Reserve Parking" at the bottom. You then check out with your saved credit card information, and your spot is reserved.

FordPass New Parking Garage Reservation App - Smail Ford Blog

The app also has a Roadside Assistance feature, and also has a way to link with your Ford Credit account so you can make payments through this app too. But you do not need to have a Ford vehicle to use this app. It's free to download, although obviously you need to pay for parking.

For more information, check out FordPass.com, or just download it and play around. And don't forget SmailFord.com.


Gamers Set Guinness World Record Driving Ford GT in a Video Game for Over 48 Straight Hours

Gamers Set Guinness World Record with Ford GT - Smail Ford Blog

Five determined gamers each raced a Ford GT in the video game Forza Motorsport 6 for 48 hours 29 minutes and 21 seconds to set a new Guinness World Records title for “Longest video marathon on a racing game.” 

The new record holders, Cara Scott, 25, from the U.K.; Hélène Cressot, from France; Johannes Knapp, 30, from Germany; Andrea Lorenzo Facchinetti, 42, from Italy; and Jesús Sicilia Sánchez, 23, from Spain, took on a simulated version of the La Sarthe circuit used for the Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race, where the real life Ford GT race car achieved a historic victory earlier this year.

“They did an amazing job. Just like driving at the real Le Mans, this achievement required extreme levels of concentration, attention to detail, and most importantly endurance – because they had to keep going for twice as long as we did,” said Ford Chip Ganassi Racing driver Stefan Mücke, who competes in the FIA World Endurance Championship in the Ford GT, and started the virtual race.

Driving for 48 hours, 29 minutes and 21 seconds, and completing a combined 41,004 virtual kilometres and 3015 laps, the gamers survived on power naps, sweets and soft drinks as they broke the previous record of 48 hours 1 minute. Their combined 41,004 kilometres is equivalent to driving once around the world. To stay awake for two nights straight, they drank 32 energy drinks, 146 bottles of water and 47 bottles of soft drinks, and consumed more than 3 kilograms of sweets.

For more information about available Ford vehicles, please visit: SmailFord.com

 


Science Fiction No More: Ford Targets Fully Autonomous Vehicle Fleet by 2021

Ford Fusion Autonomous - Smail Ford Blog

It's like something ripped out of the pages of a science fiction novel, roads full of cars with no steering wheel, no gas pedal, no brake pedal, no driver. Significant research and development has been happening over the last few years, and soon it will be reality, as Ford has announced plans to have fully autonomous vehicles in mass production and operation in five years.

“The next decade will be defined by automation of the automobile, and we see autonomous vehicles as having as significant an impact on society as Ford’s moving assembly line did 100 years ago,” said Mark Fields, Ford president and CEO. “We’re dedicated to putting on the road an autonomous vehicle that can improve safety and solve social and environmental challenges for millions of people – not just those who can afford luxury vehicles.”

It appears that Ford is targeting the ride-hailing/ride-sharing services as its first market. Instead of hailing a taxi cab or summoning an Uber driver to get you to your destination, you'll hop into a self-driving car programmed to get from Point A to Point B. This year Ford will be increasing their test fleet of vehicles in California, Arizona and Michigan, with plans to expand again next year.

Check out this video to see these cars in action:

 

Additionally, Ford is investing in and collaborating with four companies, "expanding its strong research in advanced algorithms, 3D mapping, LiDAR, and radar and camera sensors." Velodyne is the Silicon Valley-based leader in light detection and ranging (LiDAR) sensors. SAIPS is a computer vision and machine learning company that helps these self-driving cars adapt to their environment. Nirenberg Neuroscience LLC is a machine vision company that works with navigation, object recognition, facial recognition and other functions, with many potential applications. And Ford will be working with Civil Maps to develop high-resolution 3D maps of autonomous vehicle environments.

Ford has been aggressively researching and developing this technology over the recent years, with success. Ford was the first automaker to begin testing its vehicles at Mcity, University of Michigan’s simulated urban environment, the first automaker to publicly demonstrate autonomous vehicle operation in the snow and the first automaker to test its autonomous research vehicles at night, in complete darkness, as part of LiDAR sensor development.

So until you can buy a fully autonomous car for yourself, visit SmailFord.com for available vehicles that come with a gas pedal, brake pedal and steering wheel.


Ford "Ole Yeller" Mustang Shelby GT350 Raises $295,000 at Auction for EAA Youth Education and Aviation

Ford "Ole Yeller" Mustang sold at auction for EAA charity benefiting youth programs - Smail Ford Blog

Inspired by famous prop plane "Ole Yeller," Ford designed this one-of-a-kind vehicle for auction at the 2016 Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Oshkosh 2016 – the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration. Dubbed the Ford "Ole Yeller" Mustang, the car sold for $295,000, with proceeds going to benefit EAA’s youth education programs. Hank Menke, president and CEO of OFS Brands in Huntingburg, Indiana was the winning bidder.

This is the ninth time Ford has designed an aviation-themed Mustangs for EAA to auction for their youth programs. Over the years, Ford has raised over $3 million collectively with cars like the Blackbird Mustang, a Blue Angels Mustang, and an Apollo Edition Mustang celebrating and honoring the Apollo space progam. 

This year's "Ole Yeller" Mustang is bred from a Shelby GT350, featuring a 5.2L Ti-VCT V8 engine with Flat Plane Crank, custom yellow exterior finish with “Ole Yeller” accents and badging, unique carbon fiber components and mirrors projecting images of the aircraft. The interior incorporates specially designed Recaro seats, sill plates, floor mats with unique logos and aviation inspired gauges.

Ford "Ole Yeller" Mustang - custom Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 - Smail Ford Blog

“This year’s one-of-a-kind Ford Mustang honors two aviation greats, the iconic and historic P-51D Mustang fighter plane, and highly decorated fighter pilot, test pilot and air show performer, Bob Hoover, who is referred to by many as one of the greatest pilots ever to have lived,” said Edsel B. Ford II, a member of the Ford board of directors. “The Shelby GT350 Mustang, with its nimbleness, speed and aerodynamics, provided us with the perfect platform to create this tribute to the P-51D aircraft.”

Ole yeller

“Ole Yeller,” with its bright, eye-catching yellow exterior, is one of the most recognizable P-51D Mustangs in the world. It set the prop plane record for coast-to-coast travel in 1985, a record that still stands to this day. Even though it's currently housed in a museum in Idaho, the plane is still operational and continues to make appearances in air shows across the country. So, someday, you may look into the sky at the Westmoreland County International Airshow and see "Ole Yeller" buzzing overhead.

For more information about Ford Mustangs available, please visit Smail Ford.


Cupholders Revolution: Ford Proves Attention to Small Details Makes a Big Difference

Not since Anna Kendrick played a rhythmic, hand clapping game on "Pitch Perfect" has cup-related news been this exciting. The 2017 Ford Super Duty revolutionizes the cupholder game with a new, innovative design that increases the number of cupholders in the vehicle to a mind-boggling 10.

Ford Cupholder

The design is actually quite simple, if you think about it. The front cupholder and storage bin has an added sliding panel that converts the separate storage bin into additional cup holders when needed. And since the Super Duty is primarily a work vehicle, it's often times packed with a crew of workers who now have adequate resting places for their beverages. 

“Hard working Super Duty customers love having cupholders and storage close at hand,” says Doug Scott, Ford truck group marketing manager. “This innovative and transformable cupholder is another insightful example of how the Ford Truck Team knows truck customers better than anyone else.”

But this isn't the first time Ford has looked to improve their cupholders.

Ford has conducted extensive global research around cupholders and customer satisfaction, and earlier this year they released their findings while introducing the redesigned 2017 Ford Fusion. The interior of the new Fusion model has seen the cupholders moved forward, rotated, and redesigned to fit the needs of the customer. “Being dissatisfied with your cupholders may be a minor annoyance, but it’s a daily one, which over time detracts from the overall car experience,” said Jolanta Coffey, Ford instrument panel and console manager.

And since people nowadays use cupholders different than ever before, much more sophisticated thought and effort is going into design. Check out these additional results from Ford's research.

1.    Bottles win big

In the U.S., people say drinks in bottles reign supreme. According to a new Nielsen survey, 79 percent of Americans say they use cupholders for bottles. A majority of people – 52 percent – say they typically use cupholders to carry cups of coffee and tea. Ford research also found North American customers use large soft-drink cups more than other parts of the world, and they’re much likelier to drink on the go. In Asia, people tend to bring wide tea bottles into the vehicle.

2.    Putting satisfaction within reach – literally

People value cupholders that are within effortless reach. That’s easier said than done – given the range of possible arm lengths and seat positions. For the new Fusion, Ford studied driver ergonomics to balance the needs of as many drivers as possible. By moving the cupholders, designers ensured Fusion cupholders are an easy reach for at least 95 percent of the population.

3.    Holding more than cups

Among non-beverage items placed in cupholders, phones by far are the most common. Roughly half say they use their cupholder to store their mobile device, followed by 28 percent who use it for loose change. Food is placed in cupholders by 19 percent of respondents, while 14 percent use it for gum or mints, and 12 percent for wallets. Millennials and teens are much more likely than their elders to use cupholders for non-beverage items. Gender plays a role as well. Men are more likely to use cupholders to store their wallet and change, while women tend to use cupholders consistently.

4.    Get a grip

A great cupholder is roomy enough for an extra-large container, yet capable of holding a skinny one without it tipping over. Ford again did its homework, for the first time using its tactical robot arm RUTH to verify the Fusion cupholders, as well as the spring-loaded resistance grips within them, meet customer preferences for resistance and feel. RUTH measured things like how much effort it takes to insert a bottle and how much tension the grips exert as a cup is being pushed down.

5.    The three cups

Cupholders must be deep enough to hold taller containers, but shallow enough that you can easily pluck out a small cup. Ford found most cups fall between three basic scenarios: your average half-liter recyclable water bottle, the 20-ounce plastic bottle typically used for juices and sports drinks, and the 30-ounce soft-drink cup found at many fast-food restaurants. If a cupholder can help hold all three, it can likely hold most any cup.

2017 Ford Super Duty Pickup Transformable Cupholder

Visit our website for more information on Ford Super Duty and Ford Fusion vehicles available at Smail Ford in Greensburg, PA.

 


SYNC 3 Expanded, Now Available Across Entire 2017 Ford Lineup

Ford Sync 3 with Apple Car Play and Android Auto now available for every 2017 Ford - Smail Ford Blog

Ford has announced SYNC 3 will be available for all 2017 model-year cars, light trucks, SUVs and electrified vehicles. The SYNC 3 platform is Ford's voice-activated communications and entertainment system that enables drivers to sync their smart phones with either Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. And future updates via WiFi will make sure the apps stay up-to-date.

Apple CarPlay enables you to use the familiar iPhone interface on your car's touch screen, and gives you access to your phone's apps, Siri, Apple Maps, music, phone and more. Similarly, Android Auto syncs up with Google Maps, and accesses your music and phone voice controls. The SYNC 3 system also has access to a variety of third party apps through SYNC AppLink , including Spotify, Pandora, Ford PASS, and more.

“SYNC 3 is already a major leap forward in terms of functionality, simplicity, and user experience – Ford’s promise that every new model now ships ‘Smartphone-ready’ is huge,” said Jeffrey Hannah, Director of North America for global automotive technology research firm SBD. “Ford is not taking the traditional approach of introducing Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto on a few piecemeal models or as an expensive option on luxury vehicles only. The guesswork for consumers is over – if you buy any 2017 Ford vehicle with SYNC 3, you drive off the lot with both of these innovative technologies ready to go.”

 


Ford and Jose Cuervo Look to Turn Agave Byproduct into Useful Bioplastics

Ford Motor Company and Jose Cuervo team up to use agave byproduct as sustainable material in vehicles

Ford Motor Company is teaming up with Jose Cuervo to explore the use of the tequila producer’s agave plant byproduct to develop more sustainable bioplastics to employ in Ford vehicles.

The Jose Cuervo company uses millions of agave plants through the process of making their tequila. After the process of roasting, grinding and extracting the juices of the agave plant, the leftover byproduct has been used for things like compost and fibers for local artisans' use for making crafts and paper. But with the growing popularity of the Jose Cuervo brand, the company has more leftover byproduct than they could have ever imagined. Instead of letting this potential go to waste, the tequila maker is teaming with Ford to come up with new ways to use the leftover fibers.

 

Since the year 2000, Ford has looked for ways to utilize sustainable materials in their vehicles. Now, the automaker uses things like soy foam, castor oil, wheat straw, kenaf fiber and cellulose, and is looking for a way to add agave fiber to that list. “At Ford, we aim to reduce our impact on the environment,” said Debbie Mielewski, Ford senior technical leader, sustainability research department. "There are about 400 pounds of plastic on a typical car,” said Mielewski. “Our job is to find the right place for a green composite like this to help our impact on the planet. It is work that I’m really proud of, and it could have broad impact across numerous industries.” 

“Jose Cuervo is proud to be working with Ford to further develop our agave sustainability plan,” said Sonia Espinola, director of heritage for Cuervo Foundation and master tequilera. Ford and Jose Cuervo are testing the bioplastic for use in vehicle interior and exterior components such as wiring harnesses, HVAC units and storage bins. For more information, visit Ford Motor Company and Jose Cuervo.

 


Toughest and Most Capable - and Now Smartest Ford Super Duty Ever.

With a host of new driver-assist technologies like Adaptive Cruise Control, Adaptive Steering and Blindspot Information System (BLIS) with Trailer Tow, the 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty is the smartest Super Duty ever.

Adaptive cruise control uses radar to manage the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you by speeding up or slowing down when necessary, and it even integrates with powertrain control and trailer brake controls so you can manage while also towing a trailer. “Towing is core to the Super Duty mission, and drivers will appreciate the engineering sophistication that enables adaptive cruise control to determine speed uphill and downhill with a trailer,” says Craig Schmatz, Ford Super Duty chief engineer. 

17FordF450Platinum_2399_HR
2017 FORD F-450 SUPER DUTY PLATINUM CREW CAB 4X4

Adaptive steering, an upgrade of power steering, makes maneuvering easier by reducing the amount of steering input needed at low speeds, while reducing the sensitivity to steering input at higher speeds. An electric motor and gearing system within the steering wheel will know how fast you are going, and adapt how many times you need to turn the steering wheel depending on the situation. So you'll have more control of your vehicle in parking lots and work sites, and also have an easier time while towing at higher speeds, for a more connected, engaging driving experience at all speeds.

BLIS with trailer coverage uses radar to sense a vehicle entering a blind spot while driving or backing up, and alerts the driver with a light in the sideview mirror. With the new 2017 Super Duty, BLIS can go all the way to the back of the trailer, extending the blind spot coverage to include whatever you may be towing.

More information about the new driver-assist technologies can be found here, and be sure to look into Super Duty pickups available at Smail.

 

 


Game On! Ford Escape… the Room!!!

  Cq5dam.web.480.480

By now you’ve probably heard of “Escape the Room,” the uber-popular and interactive game where players are locked in rooms and must solve increasingly-difficult puzzles and challenges to be granted exit before time expires. Well, Ford just took things one step further and joined up with the live game and entertainment company to create the largest immersive game experience for “Escape NYC: An Escape the Room Driving Experience.”

Visionary puzzle master Victor Blake created a multi-level game that challenged participants to use the latest technology and features of the 2017 Ford Escape to figure out clues and solve puzzles in order to escape multiple rooms in one of New York’s most iconic buildings - Moynihan Station.

Escape-the-Room-NYC-1
2017 Ford Escape at the Ford Escape NYC: Escape the Room Experience

Escape the Room events are usually contained in smaller settings. You can be trapped in a typical apartment, or trapped inside a television newsroom, but this Escape NYC event was 50 times larger, featuring an expansive five-room play space the size of half a football field. Players utilize the Ford Escape enhanced active park assist, rearview camera, and hands-free foot-activated liftgate as they drive through the game, unlocking clues and solving puzzles.

If you didn’t get a chance to Escape NYC, no worries. Just in time for your summer roadtrip adventures, Ford and I LOVE NEW YORK are releasing Summer Escape Travel Guides featuring weekend and extended getaways that can be best enjoyed in the 2017 Ford Escape.

Escape-the-Room-NYC-3
Game on! Players utilize Ford Escape technology to solve puzzles and unlock clues.




For more information please visit smailford.com.

 

 


2016 Ford Fiesta Named One of the Top 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18k

2016 Ford Fiesta Among Top 10 Coolest Cars

    According to Kelley Blue Book (KBB), the Ford Fiesta is one 2016's Top 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000.

    This year's win marks the sixth time that the Fiesta has been named to the list over the length of seven years.

    Cars that earn a spot on the list must be fun to drive and fun to own. Each vehicle also must be available for purchase starting at $18,000 or less.

Continue reading "2016 Ford Fiesta Named One of the Top 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18k" »